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Kurtenbach: 49ers look Super in rout of Packers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Are there any more questions for these 49ers to answer?After Sunday’s 37-8 win over the Packers at Levi’s Stadium, there’s only one:How far can this team go in the playoffs?Perhaps all the way to Miami and Super Bowl LIV? Yes, there might be a month left in the regular season, but it’s not jumping the gun to start thinking about such things: Sunday’s win effectively guaranteed a spot in the tournament for the 49ers — their first postseason berth since 2013.But it …last_img read more

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Snakes Alive!  An Evolutionary Tale

first_imgBlind snakes that look like worms: they rule the world.  They’re everywhere.  Where did they come from?  “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University.  “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”  So reported Science Daily.  National Geographic News said, “New Blind Snakes Found; Help Explain World Domination.”  But what kind of explanation is this?  Since they are found on Madagascar and on every continent, “the snakes went rafting.”  There’s a cartoon in there somewhere.    The articles reveal a puzzle and a preposterous theory.  The blind snake family arose after India and Madagascar split.  Then they showed up on Australia – an island continent with no land bridge at time of their alleged arrival.  “How did the snakes cross continents?” NG asked.  Good question.  Like worms (but with backbones and rudimentary scales and poor eyesight), these strange snakes burrow underground, and are found on every continent.  Continental drift can’t be the answer.  We don’t have any fossils of them.  How did they emerge all over the globe, including South America and the Caribbean islands?    Here is Nat Geo’s answer.  Give it your best baloney detecting analysis:In other words, the snakes went rafting, crossing oceans aboard floating vegetation stocked with their insect prey.     “Some scientists have argued that oceanic dispersal is an unlikely way for burrowing organisms to become distributed around the world,” Hedges said in a statement.    “Our data now reinforce the message that such ‘unlikely’ events nonetheless happened in evolutionary history.”Science Daily elaborated on how evolutionists came to this conclusion.  Since fossils are nonexistent for these animals, their history was inferred from genetics.  “Floating across oceans seems an unlikely mechanism for a burrowing animal to spread to new continents,” Science Daily admitted, but then proposed that it happened more than once.  If the snakes could have lived six months on vegetation rafts stocked with their insect prey, maybe, just maybe, it could have happened.  After all, in evolutionary theory, stuff happens.Welcome to modern evolutionary science, where the story’s the thing.  The more preposterous, the better.  These same people will refuse to hear (or even acknowledge) theories by Biblical creationists about how animals became distributed after the Flood.  If “unlikely events nonetheless happened in… history” is an acceptable explanation, we need a level playing field.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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LeT behind killing of J&K youth: police

first_imgHundreds of people participated in the funeral of a cable operator who was killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday. The police on Monday claimed that militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the incident.“On the basis of reliable inputs, LeT militants Waseem Shah and Nazim Dar are behind it. A manhunt has been launched to nab them,” said a police official. The bullet-ridden body of Gowhar Ahmad Dar, a resident of Shopian’s Urpora, was found from Humhona Mulberry. Dar, a student, also worked as a cable operator. Hizbul Mujahideen also condemned the civilian killing. “Kashmiri youth with freedom loving spirit always remain on the radar of government agencies. There is a hand of the (security) agencies in it,” said a Hizb spokesman. Meanwhile, a Hizb militant, identified as Shahid Ahmad Wani, was arrested from Shopian’s Zainapora village. “One Chinese pistol, nine rounds, one magazine and a vehicle were seized,” said the police.last_img read more